A tractor driver is set to face legal proceedings after Gardaí and RSA (Road Safety Authority) vehicle inspectors brought them to a halt earlier this week.
Whilst conducting a roadside checkpoint in Co Kildare, An Garda Síochána and the RSA discovered that a tractor’s windscreen and side windows were “excessively” tinted with a light transmission measure of 24%.
In a recent social media post, a spokesperson for the RSA commented:
“At a recent roadside check in Co. Kildare, RSA vehicle inspectors & An Garda Síochána found a windscreen, and side windows, were excessively tinted on a tractor, as per the light transmission measurement (24%).”
“Light transparency on front and side windows measuring less than 65% is illegal.”
“The driver was requested by An Síochána to remove the tint film from the front windscreen and side windows, prior to continuing his journey. Legal proceedings to follow,” the spokesperson added.
Car tinting: What does the Irish law state?
Under roadworthiness testing laws, a vehicle’s windscreen, and front side windows must have a light transmission or transparency level (visible light transmission) of at least 65% to pass the test, the authority has stated on its website.
Under current Irish road traffic regulations, the driver must always have a view of the front and side of the vehicle necessary to enable them to drive safely.
If a vehicle is found to have excessively tinted windows, both the owner and driver can be charged, according to the authority.
Heavily tinted windows present a “significant” safety hazard for vehicle drivers and their occupants, the body has highlighted.
The RSA outlined that tint restrictions only apply to a vehicle’s windscreen and front side windows and a vehicle will not fail a roadworthiness test for tinted windows on the back/rear.
Tractor driver arrested & vehicle seized
Previously, That’s Farming reported that Gardaí in Co Laois arrested a disqualified driver and seized a tractor following the detection of multiple road traffic-related offences.
Gardaí attached to Laois Road Policing Unit were on patrol near the Castletown area when they brought the driver to a halt.
The “poor” condition of the agricultural vehicle’s tyres was just the tip of the iceberg, as Gardaí later discovered that the motorist is currently disqualified from driving.
Read more on this news article.